Planner Influencer Board

As a strategic initiative of the association, Destinations International works to elevate the critical role CVBs have on the event planning process and work to educate CVB members with tools, resources and best practices to successfully deliver that value. The Planner Influencer Board contributes to the association’s overall business events strategy by helping define the key elements CVBs need to deliver on their promise of helping make events successful.

The overall goals for the Planner Influencer Board include:

  • Gaining a better understanding of the trends, drivers, and priorities shaping destination organizations and exploring how CVBs can become a more valuable partner with meeting professionals in light of these influences.
  • Validating the CVB value proposition, ensuring destination organizations are aligned with meeting professionals’ needs and expectations.
  • Reviewing, assessing, and brainstorming product direction and opportunities for improving solutions, interaction, and customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborating on shared business issues, thereby strengthening the relationship between CVB members and customers.
  • Serving as an advocate for the CVB community and supporting in the extension of education around the CVB value proposition within the industry and associated network of Business Event Strategists.

2022 Committee Members:

  • Jenn Artura, Workhuman
  • Michael Barrat, Automotive Aftercare Association, Bethesda MD
  • Matt Burress, SmithBucklin , Washington, DC
  • Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, Global Meetings and Tourism Specialist
  • Windy Christner, American Pharmacists Association
  • Deirdre Clemmons, CMP, Airports Council International, Washington DC
  • Jill Gately, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC)
  • Britt Jackman, CMP, United States Green Building Council
  • Michael Jordan, Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • Arlene Kidwell, NAIS (Nat Assoc Independent Schools)
  • Kate Kurkjian, CMP, Zillow Group
  • Katia McKennon, Meeting Management Services
  • Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP, Founder & CEO, Insight Event Strategy
  • Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES, CED, Antwone Stigall & Co.
  • Jodi VanWoerkom CMP, Association for Talent Development
  • Matthew Wales , American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington DC
  • Brad Weaber, Brad Weaber Consulting Group
  • LaToya Williams, MBA, Helms Briscoe
  • Alex Zapple, American Society for Neuphrology

Destinations International Staff Liasion

  • Emily Scheiderer, Director of Education, Sales and Services